Communications Intern - Summer 2018



Hours per week





1825 K Street, NW
Suite 720
United States


The Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization committed to promoting access to and success in higher education for all students. Based in Washington, D.C., IHEP develops innovative policy- and practice-oriented research to guide policymakers and education leaders, who develop high-impact solutions to address our nation’s most pressing education challenges.

Primary Responsibilities

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, assisting with projects such as the following:

  • Support efforts to increase awareness of, and commitment to, our mission by assisting in the creation of traditional and new media relations strategies and tracking their results; collecting and distributing clips; creating social media collateral; building media lists; tracking media; and creating media reports.
  • Assist in tracking and evaluating the public conversation on state and federal education issues and policies.
  • Conduct issue-related research, including identifying and compiling pertinent education news stories.
  • Support our national campaign on college affordability by creating social media content and assisting with outreach to students and institutions of higher education.

Qualifications and Experience

  • An undergraduate student interested in, and familiar with, strategic communications, digital media (Twitter, Facebook, Hootsuite, Canva, etc.) and/or public relations;
  • Availability to work 35 hours per week.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills;
  • Desire to work in a social justice-minded, advocacy environment, and an interest in education policy and/or practice;
  • A strong critical thinker who is self-motivated and able to work both independently and collaboratively;
  • Excellent organizational and follow-through skills and attention to detail; and
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency in MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook). Knowledge of communications data management platforms is a plus.

How To Apply

Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience. This position is based in Washington, D.C.

Interested candidates should provide:

  1. A cover letter
  2. A resume
  3. A list of at least three references (including at least one direct supervisor)
  4. A writing sample. The writing sample should be a maximum of three pages, single-spaced. An excerpt from a longer paper is acceptable.